Mark Plotkin is a partner in the Washington, DC office of Covington & Burling. In just the past 12 months, he was named a Dealmaker of the Year by The American Lawyer, a Most Valuable Player by Law 360, and a Regulatory and Compliance Trailblazer by The National Law Journal. He also is top-ranked by Chambers and Partners for his expertise in representing clients before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) as well as for his three decades of experience in handling sophisticated financial services and privacy matters.
In the national security arena, Mr. Plotkin represents clients before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) in obtaining approval for foreign investments in the United States. He has negotiated some of the most significant, complex and sensitive national security mitigation agreements with the U.S. government since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. To date, Mr. Plotkin has handled transactions with an aggregate market value of well over $200 billion, including many involving advanced weapons systems, classified intelligence activities, and sensitive homeland security features. Mr. Plotkin works regularly with senior officials of the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security and Defense, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Security Agency, and other members of the defense and intelligence communities.
His diverse range of clients has included defense contractors such as Northrop Grumman and Raytheon; technology giants such as Microsoft and Verizon; private equity firms such as The Carlyle Group and KKR; sovereign funds and state owned enterprises in Bhutan, China, Israel, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates; financial and investment firms, including American Express and Goldman Sachs; multinational oil companies such as Shell and Exxon-Mobil; media firms such as Publicis and Thomson-Reuters; and consumer product companies such as Starbucks and Procter & Gamble.
Mr. Plotkin is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches a course on national security law. He has testified before Congress, Congressional commissions and the Uniform Law Commission. He joined Covington in 1987 after graduating summa cum laude from Yale College and with honors from Harvard Law School.